At PWM, we are dedicated to helping people improve their health by achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. We are committed to doing this through compassion, respect, and the highest standards of medical care.
More than two-thirds (69%) of Americans are affected by overweight and obesity– that’s approximately 155 million Americans. This is widely considered an epidemic, and one of the greatest public health challenges of our time.
Individuals with obesity are at increased risk for numerous chronic health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, liver disease, sleep disorders, joint disease, asthma, as well as numerous cancers. Obesity is a significant cause of preventable death.
Obesity can cause a lot of suffering. Discrimination against and mistreatment of individuals with obesity is widespread. Weight affects our ability to get jobs, our quality of life, and our mental health, including the risk of having depression.
Surprisingly, not until June of 2013 did the American Medical Association recognize obesity as a disease. Fortunately, our understanding of obesity has advanced dramatically as a result of research in this field. We now know, based on a lot of scientific studies, that obesity is not simply a person’s fault because of poor food choices or lack of exercise. Obesity is a complex disease condition resulting from an interaction of genetic, biologic, behavioral, social, economic and cultural factors. Research has also advanced our knowledge of the many health benefits of weight loss, and of the strategies that work best to help people lose weight.
PWM is an individualized, medically-supervised program for anyone interested in safe and effective weight loss.
PWM is part of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension, Brigham and Women's Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.
To obtain additional information or schedule an initial consultation, you can call or email us: 617-732-8886 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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